Emergency Preparedness

Can You Depend on Your Car in an Emergency?

A few years ago a friend bought a sporty, good-looking car that seemed to be the perfect vehicle. It was well priced, it got great gas mileage, it was small enough to fit in tight parking spaces and big enough to load everything he needed for a week road trip. He felt like he’d done his homework and finally got it right. Except he forgot to consider one thing: Things That Can Go Wrong.
Our friend lives in flood-prone area […]

10 Evacuation Essentials for Pets

If you’re evacuating with pets, be sure to have their supplies ready to go. Never leave your pets behind, no matter how briefly you think you’ll be gone. In fact, because of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, in some states, owners who leave their pets behind during a disaster can be charged with criminal abandonment. But even when you take your pet along, because of stress and chaos the possibility greatly increases you and your pet could become separated. […]

How To Survive an Emergency Shelter: 13 Essentials to Take With You

Emergency personal do their best to keep people comfortable, but the best course of action is to be entirely self-sufficient. If you find you have to evacuate to a shelter, you’ll be a lot more comfortable if you have everything you need for a few days. And, if you have to evacuate you probably won’t have a lot of time to gather supplies, which is why it’s a good idea to keep an old duffle or suitcase packed and […]

10 Emergency Items You Didn’t Know You Needed

In a recent blog post we wrote about hurricane predictions for 2014. Hurricane season begins June 1st so now is a good time to check your supplies or get supplies together. The Red Cross has a good list of basic supplies you need in your kit, but here are a few things you may not have thought of:

Cash – We’re all use to the convenience of debit and credit cards. However, if the power is out, ATMs and swipe […]

2014 Hurricane Predictions – Make Your Communication Plan Now

From the first of June to the end of November, Atlantic coastal dwellers pay close attention to their local weather channels. eastern Pacific season begins May 15th and Atlantic season begins June 1st, so now is the time to get ready. Anyone who has been through a hurricane will tell you, you don’t want to wait until the sky darkens to gather supplies! So what are the experts predicting for this year? So far – quiet.
But what does “quiet” […]

6 Things to Upcycle Now

While “recycling” means reclaiming materials to make something entirely new, “upcycling “ means converting something you were going to throw away into something new and useful. Upcycling projects are a great way to practice seeing everyday objects in a new light and to get your mind thinking about ways to make the most of what you have in difficult situations. To inspire you, here are 6 of our favorite upcycling ideas:
 1. Umbrellas into Trellises
Patio umbrellas never seem to last […]

Invest your tax refund in emergency food supplies

Time to Check Your Supplies

April 15th is a day that looms large for taxpayers in the U.S.  As we lined up at the post office to mail in our last-minute returns, many of us passed the time dreaming of how we’ll use our refund checks. Using your tax refund to boost your emergency preparedness is an investment in peace of mind, and one you’ll always be glad you made.
We always encourage people to take time to check their emergency supplies and review emergency plans. […]

Microhouses

As the nation recovers from the housing market bust, homeowners seem to be asking themselves if they can be happier with less and in less space. The shift away from McMansions to more modest housing caught our attention because the possibilities to use micro housing for emergency preparedness or off-the-grid living are virtually endless.
A micro house is defined as having less than 1,000 square feet of living space. Some are much smaller – as small as 120 square feet! […]

Natural Insect Control

Wise Company dehydrated entrees and snacks are sealed in Mylar pouches and shipped in durable (reusable) black plastic buckets so you never need to worry about critters finding their way into your stored food.
But if your food doesn’t enjoy such protection, you need to find ways to keep those food-loving pests away, and it’s also important to protect yourself and your family from common, problem-causing insects like fleas and mosquitos. A growing number of people want to do so […]

Rethinking the Car Emergency Kit

In the last blog post we made brief mention of how winter storms had unexpected and significant impacts in Georgia and North Carolina this year. Many of us watched as stranded commuters waited in their cars for hours, ran out of gas and either walked for miles, abandoned their vehicles or slept in drug stores, churches and home improvement centers while they waited for the roads to clear. When those affected folks woke up, it’s likely not one of […]